City, residents still at odds over proposed Raytown Walmart

RAYTOWN, Mo. - The future of a proposed Walmart in Raytown is still murky, with residents and city officials at odds over the plan.

Nearly 100 residents attended a public hearing about the proposal Tuesday night. The discussion went on for more than two hours as residents explained their opposition to the big box store.

Ed Clark lives close to the proposed building site near 6200 Blue Ridge Boulevard.

"It's going to create traffic congestion and put small businesses out," Clark said. "I just think its going to create more problems."

A representative for Walmart reminded the audience that the proposed store would only be a grocery story and not a super center. He said the new store would add about 100 jobs and generate tax revenue for the city.

The Board of Aldermen will vote at the next meeting on May 21.

If passed, Walmart plans to start construction before the end of the year.

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